The Department of Religious Studies has a diverse and varied research profile. Most of our faculty have won external funding from granting agencies and currently receives over $4,000,000 in extended research support. All faculty have peer-reviewed publications and most faculty have published books in university presses on such diverse subjects as globalization, technology and war (Hawkin), John Locke (Parker), Daoism (Rainey), gender politics and Islam (Selby), Bernard Lonergan (Shute), and ritual studies (Stephenson). Some professors (now retired) have received university research awards (Rollmann, Bell), and one is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (Bell).

Faculty supervise our graduate students, are members of professional organizations and university committees, participate in public events and are committed to the overall strength of the Department of Religious Studies at Memorial University.

Dr. Michael DeRoche

Associate Professor
M.Th. Laval; M.A., Ph.D. McMaster
Office: 5010 Arts and Administration
Telephone: (709) 864-3539

Research Interests: Biblical studies, narratology, ancient Israelite religion, 2nd temple Judaism, early rabbinic Judaism

Dr. Patricia Dold

Associate Professor and Head
M.A. Calgary; Ph.D. McMaster
Office: 5005 Arts and Administration
Telephone: (709) 864-4538

Research Interests: Hindu religious texts, Hindu goddesses, women and religion

Dr. Jennifer Porter

Associate Professor
M.A., Ph.D. McMaster
Office: 5009 Arts & Administration
Telephone: (709) 864-2469

Research Interests: Religion and popular culture, Religion and Disney, Alternative religious movements.

Dr. Lee Rainey

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Liaison Officer
M.A., Ph.D. Toronto
Office: 5008 Arts & Administration
Telephone: (709) 864-8285

Research Interests: Daoism, Confucianism, Chinese philosophy

Dr. Jennifer Selby

Associate Professor and Graduate Officer
M.A. Queen's; Ph.D. McMaster
Office: 5029 Arts and Administration
Telephone: (709) 864-4046
Webpage: https://www.mun.ca/faculty/jselby/

Research Interests: Islam in the West, secularisms, gender, method & theory, religion and anthropology

Dr. Barry Stephenson

Associate Professor
M.A. Laurier; Ph.D. Calgary
Office: 5026 Arts & Administration
Telephone: (709) 864-8113

On sabbatical, 2019-2020

Research Interests: Christian thought and history, ritual studies, religion and literature


Joint Appointment

Dr. Anne G. Graham

Associate Professor
BA (Honours) Guelph, MA Waterloo, Ph.D. Queen's
5031 Arts & Administration
(709) 864-8594

Research Interests:  bible and literatures, religion and film

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Michelle Rebidoux

Visiting Assistant Professor
M.A. UBC, Ph.D. McGill
Office: 5030 Arts & Administration
Telephone: (709) 864-8172

Research Interests: Philosophy of religion, comparative religion, theories of religion, history of Christianity, religious ethics



Retired Faculty

Dr. David N. Bell

Professor Emeritus and Honorary Research Professor
M.A. Leeds; M. A., D.Phil. Oxford, F.R.S.C.
Office: 5030 Arts & Administration
Telephone: (709) 864-8172

Dr. David J. Hawkin

P.G.C.E. Leeds; M.A., Ph.D. McMaster
5030 Arts & Administration

Dr. Morley F. Hodder

Professor Emeritus
Dip. in Th. United Theological College; P.G.Dip. in Th. Edinburgh; S.T.M., Th.D. Boston

Dr. Kim Ian Parker

M.A., Ph.D. McMaster
Office: 5005 Arts & Administration
Telephone: (709) 864-8594

Research Interests: Hebrew Bible, critical theory, post-modernism, religion and political theory

Dr. Hans Rollmann

Honorary Research Professor
M.A. Vanderbilt, Ph.D. McMaster
Office: 5027 Arts & Administration
Telephone: (709) 864-8171
Email: hrollmann@mun.ca

Dr. Michael Shute


M.T.S. Atlantic School of Theology; S.T.L., S.T.D. Regis; Th.D. Toronto
Office: 5030 Arts & Administration
Telephone: (709) 864 - 8172

Research Interests: Social ethics, philosophy of religion, Lonergan, religious aesthetics


Department of Religious Studies

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000